The proponents of a dog park in Arabianranta are getting disgruntled for having to wait for the park for years. To our knowledge, the city is building two dog parks in the area, but the locations of the future parks aren’t in the town plan yet and the construction can’t thus start.
For more information, read the article in Artova homepage (in Finnish).
GAMMEL DOGS ASSOCIATION / MERJA PYHÄLÄ
Translation by Pigasus Translations
I think it was in March 2011 that I noticed an A4 notification on the school wall where a group was looking for people to participate in the organisation of a film festival.
I’m Nikita Gavrilenko, and I started studying cultural management in the adult education programme of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in January 2011. Earlier I had studied Russian trade and international commerce, among other things, and in 2009 I graduated from the Metropolia Fashion and Clothing programme. Films have always been close to my heart; I believe in the healing power of moving pictures. In my studies, I will be concentrating on all things cinema, things like film festival organisation.
I remember vivdly the day I called Susanna and got an invitation for an interview at Kääntöpaikka. Read more
The results came in today: Spirit of Artova is one of the WDC initiatives and Design Dog Park is under the wing of the Spirit of Artova initiative.
What this means for the Design Dog Park is that the Spirit of Artova initiative will follow the town planning and design process of a dog park that will strengthen the design-oriented spirit of the eastern inner city and attract international attention. That’s what we’re doing now in the blog. Read more
This is the website for all the future twists and turns of the Spirit of Artova projects. Updating will start properly in August. The idea is to publish everything that goes on in the projects as accurately and transparently as possible.
Edible Arabianranta has proceeded with leaps, and there are already 20 urban growers tending their cultivations in Aalto City Garden at the junction of Muotoilijankatu and Arabiankatu. Go and have a look!
The active participants of the dog park initiative met in a club room to discuss and assign up-coming tasks.
Sami Niiranen had been in contact with the schools of the area about the design of the park. Two students from Metropolia had been in touch. It was agreed that Sami would reply to them, find out a bit more and if they would turn out to be what we are looking for, we would meet them as soon as possible. Anna promised to put together an information packet about the project for the potential designers, and Tero promised to turn that into a brief summary.
There was some discussion over whether to introduce the working team members in the blog. Anna has prepared a template for anyone to use for their own introductions. Read more
Let’s Get It Started (MC Hammer)
Just before Christmas I received a phone call from Janne, the chairman of Artova. I was asked to take a role of leading this project, My House Arabianranta. A week later I called back: ”Yes, I’ll take it!”
The initial plan for the project sounds already interesting: the planners and the inhabitants together demonstrate how the building functions in everyday life. Read more
In one autumn season we’ve managed to spread the word among the area residents pretty efficiently. Actually, the visitor count has been surprisingly high. There were almost 200 viewers in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. And a touch over 200 in the Swedish-speaking children’s animation about the little ghost called Laban. The least popular showings have had about 30 spectators.
We didn’t set out to show blockbusters, thinking that “I wish this film will bring a lot of viewers to Artova Kino”. Since there are no entrance fees, Artova Kino’s funds aren’t directly linked to the spectator counts, which is the case with commercial businesses. From the get-go, we wanted to make a name as a movie club that shows films you can rarely catch here in Finland.
We do monitor the numbers, though, and an almost full theatre or the familiar faces that come every week increase the motivation to do this. We’ve wanted that the filmoholics all around the Helsinki area would find their way to Artova Kino. Read more
First things first: it was so much fun! The “warm up” on Friday and then Saturday were a success in spite of the low temperature, and considering the schedule and available resources.
The Design Dog Park initiative attracted the interest of the media. Radio Helsinki did an interview in their morning broadcast 2.2.2012. The hosts had some tricky questions but I suppose we passed with flying colours. Tero uploaded the interview on-line, feel free to download and listen to it: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/631247/%20-%20.mp3 (in Finnish). Of the ample supply of the WDC Weekend, the Design Dog Park drive had caught the eye of a few popular bloggers. In addition, Helsingin Sanomat called in the morning of the event and wanted to know how dog park initiative with the city is getting on. It was great and of course a bit baffling to find this many people who were suddenly interested in combining design and a dog park. And of course: this is much-needed publicity for the project and will (I hope) be noted in the Public Works Department so that they’ll give us a substantial role in the designing process. Read more
Hi! My name is Minna Reinilä, and at the turn of the year I started my work trial at culture and resident house Kääntöpaikka, where I run the everyday functions and take care of PR, and at Spirit of Artova, where I’m a co-ordinator. I’m sure I’ll find out in the near future what all that means. At this point, it would seem that I’ll participate in co-ordinating Arabianranta Street Festival and join the media relations team of AFF. Writing is a dear hobby of mine, and I’m very interested in sharing in this blog how I experience working in this kind of environment.
First there was recycling, then street art. The event grew, more people joined the preparations and the name changed each year. You get a hearty portion of festival history in the first production meeting of the district association Artova. Janne Kareinen, the chairperson of Artova board of directors, and co-ordinator Saara Vanhala kept interrupting each other. As a newcomer, it’s difficult to grasp the big picture but enthusiasm is contagious: we’re making something cool happen.
Fortunately, the aim is not to replicate the festival exactly as it has been before. This time, we’re building something bigger and more ambitious. We have hired a producer, Taneli Kainulainen, and the World Design Capital initiative acts as a big brother. The atmosphere of reinventing the festival shows through, we started the festival production from the very basics, coming up with a name for the event. The name inherited from previous years was Big Recycling Event / Big Street Art Event, and it was too long and bulky. We needed something snappier.